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And now, Pakistan’s militants strike in its Kashmir region

June 26, 2009

A suicide bomber has struck in Pakistani Kashmir killing two soldiers in what is said to be the first such attack in the Himalayan region. The attacker targeted military barracks, which raises the question whether Pakistan’s Islamist militants are opening a new front just as they come under pressure in the northwest.

A suicide attack in Muzaffarabad, eerily identical to the scores that have taken place on the Indian side of the scenic region in the past, will trigger interest in New Delhi for likely clues to which way the war in Pakistan is headed.

Nobody yet has claimed responsibility, but if it is the Pakistan Taliban what signal is it sending? Is it going to fight the Pakistani army everywhere including Kashmir, which really has been at the core of Pakistan’s policy towards India.

Or is it the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has long operated on the Indian side of Kashmir as also other parts of India ? Are they sending a warning against any crackdown on the group, which New Delhi has been demanding even more stridently since the Mumbai attacks.

For the Lashkar, seen to have long-running ties to Pakistan’s security establishment, to be turning against its benefactors in such manner and such an emotive location would indeed be a watershed.

Or is this intended to raise tensions between India and Pakistan in Kashmir again? India holds Pakistan-based groups responsible for the rebellion in Kashmir. Are the Pakistanis going to point the finger at India, now that violence has reached their part of Himalayan region?

No coincidence, but the attack comes just as India’s defence minister said infiltration by guerrillas from Pakistan into Indian Kashmir was down this summer.

[Photo: Bridge connecting the two parts of Kashmir]

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Freedom fighters have started bombing Occupied Kashmir. Hope the genuine grivances and aspirations of these freedom fighters would be fulfilled by Pakistan.

 

Right now, time is so good that even if eskimos sponsor terrorist attacks in Pakistan, no one, not even ISI would be able to tell who did what in Pakistan.

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VIEW FROM PAKISTAN
Reinventing Pakistan
The long-term defence of Pakistan therefore demands a determined ideological offensive and a decisive break with the past. Pakistan must reinvent itself as a state that is seen to care for its people. Instead of seeking to fix the world’s problems – Kashmir, Afghanistan and Palestine included – it must work to first fix its own.

Pervez Hoodbhoy

http://www.outlookindia.com/full.asp?fod name=20090623&fname=hoodbhoy&sid=1

Sanjeev,
The Pakistani writer makes it abundantly clear the course Pakistan should take.Wait for a plethora of conspiracy theories from Pak administration and Indian involvement.

 

VIEW FROM PAKISTAN
The Hinge Of Fate
Many in the Pakistani security establishment continue to espouse their myths, the latest of which is that the Taliban fighters in Swat are getting their arms and money from the many Indian consulates in Afghanistan which apparently exist only to serve as a thorn in the side of Pakistan.

Ahmad Faruqui

………….They continue to espouse their myths, the latest of which is that the attacks in Mumbai and Lahore were the work of foreign agents. They have assiduously cultivated a popular perception in Pakistan that the RAW, the Mossad and the CIA are the primary cause of the ills that plague the nation.

In this narrative, non-Muslim foreign agents are behind the violent attacks that have been killing scores of mosque-goers. They contend that Muslims would never kill Muslims. This very conveniently glosses over the fact that not just in Pakistan but throughout the Muslim world Muslims in the thousands are serving time in jail for carrying out heinous crimes against fellow Muslims. Apparently, the force of religion was not strong enough to prevent them from robbing, raping and killing fellow Muslims for personal gain……………….
http://www.outlookindia.com/full.asp?fod name=20090624&fname=faruqui&sid=1
Sanjeev
I posted these 2 articles written by Pakistani Journalists,a couple of days ago, for benefit of all. Its good to look at the otherside of Pakistan. This tiny fraction of Pakistani writers are valiantly defending their country against the forces eating away from within. Their voices will be drowned down by the more vocal conspiracy theorists (including Musharraf) unfortunately.

 

Sanjeev!

A MUST NEW TOPIC: REQUIRING DISCUSSION: Please see link.

Pakistan massively upgrading nuclear complex, despite looming civil war.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/05/ sats-show-pakistan-super-sizing-its-nucl ear-weapons-complex/

Is Pakistan really sincere about using U.S. taxpayer and IMF dollars to fight terrorism, while it builds nuclear weapons?

How can the world sit idly by and let this happen?

I think Obama and Clinton need to address this head on, in front of the world.

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Sanjeev

@Nobody yet has claimed responsibility, but if it is the Pakistan Taliban what signal is it sending?
—Same signal as in the rest of Pakistan and that there is reach is all across pakistan.
@Or is it the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has long operated on the Indian side of Kashmir as also other parts of India ?
—May be. LeT will not claim responsibility so we do not know and the doubt will remain on Taliban. or India (!!!!!).

@Or is this intended to raise tensions between India and Pakistan in Kashmir again?
—NO

Why not Kashmiris who are suffering in POK and that begs a thread from Reuters to look at the Kashmiri struggle inside POK, Human rights issues …… Has not been done so far.
Kashmiris inside POK are repressed by Pakistan and are neglected by the media.

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Sanjeev

I misunderstood your Qn, so correcting my earlier post:

@Or is this intended to raise tensions between India and Pakistan in Kashmir again?
—–Many possibilities including this one.

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Does the Pakistani Army believe in \”What you sow is what you reap\”?
Because of the incorrect policies of the military elite, poor soldiers are losing their lives. But the elite will continue with their lavish lifestyle in Islamabad.
The military announces that they have flushed out the militants from various locations in the NorthWest and ordinary Pakistanis feel that their military is doing a great job.
How many of them take a step back and ask \”When you say flushed out, does that mean have you killed or they ran way? If they ran away where did they go?\”
Maybe now they have an answer as to where the flushed out militants have gone.

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Sanjiv,

Few militant strikes in Pak Occupied Kashmir will not change Pak’s central policy of supporting LeT, JuD, HuM etc

What baffles me in international media, including reuters, is that no one reports on the current affairs in Pak Occupied Kashmir. Perhaps, international media is not allowed to go there and report without being followed by ISI agents.

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Sanjeev;

I totally agree vvith Rohit on lack of media coverage of goings inside POK as I already said. The current post cannto be addressed properly if one does no knovv the status of Kashmiris inside there. Do you? If so share vvith us, if not tell us yo are. I appreciate if you do not screen this post out since you and I both are talking about Kashmir inside Pakistan.

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Given the false promise of democracy in Azad Kashmir and Northern Areas, the anti-government sentiment is not new to the region. the only difference is that, like India administered J&K, the militants are taking advantage of popular unrest to spread violence. http://thetrajectory.com/blogs/?p=630

 

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